This summer has flown by so fast that I haven’t even spent a single day laying by the pool! (Let’s blame that on running three businesses plus never being here plus the Year of the Monsoon.) So what all have I been up to in recent months then?
From April to the first of August, I slept in my beautiful old Victorian a grand total of six nights—thanks to Enrichment Voyages, Miami and a bevy of other travel opportunities (both work and leisure). It was a bit insane. To counteract that, I’ve spent the majority of August holing up at home with SVV and the pup, devouring seasons of Orange is the New Black and Scandal, and working on my businesses (primarily KEEN Digital Summit) until the wee hours of the morning. And now I’m back on a plane once more—like, literally; I wrote this post from 30,000 feet in a Southwest plane somewhere over the Mid-Atlantic—for five days in New York, followed by nine in San Francisco (our first visit back since we left 25 months ago).
But prior to that, here’s how my summer has unfolded:
Bopping around Music City with this girl. She came to visit me three times in six months, I told her “move to Nashville,” she took my advice and quit her job at Teen Vogue and came down. Good friend, that one. Also, now I have a lovely pied-à-terre in the hipster ‘hood of East Nashville, surrounded by delicious food and bespoke beards.
Going on a road trip for Travel Mindset and Tennessee Tourism’s #makesummerlast campaign. This might have been one of the most fun work trips I’ve had in awhile, mainly because it meant quality time with Katy and Jade. I’ll be blogging all about our girls’ trip here one of these days soon, but if you’re itching for a good Southern road trip yourself, check out the various itineraries our team created on Travel Mindset.
Visiting my sister in North Carolina. We spent a week in Charlotte at the end of July, but I can’t claim to have seen much of the city. My sister works as a CPA at a Big Four firm, and it’s currently their busy season (including working every weekend), and SVV and I are elbow-deep in details for KEEN Digital Summit so we only left our rental house at night to have dinner with Kari and Josh.
Watching friends get married (they’re dropping like flies). One former college friend and roommate, Laura, got hitched in Franklin this weekend; another former college friend and roommate Megan is getting married in Nashville in September; and then we’re flying to another wedding in Ohio in early October. And I thought my crazy wedding years ended in my 20s! On top of that, I’m already in two weddings in the spring (Austin and Denver) and have two others I’ll be attending (NYC and TBD)—and all some of my closest lifelong friends, at that. Good thing I loooooove me a good wedding (and I do, I really do)(mostly because weddings=unlimited booze).
Planning a mega-, first-year digital media conference. You know, NBD. But had someone told me 18 months ago when we started this whole shebang just how freakin’ hard it would all be, I might have…well, you know me, I probably still would have been up for the challenge! But y’all. Planning a conference is really freakin’ hard. (Though I have confident it will be worth every 20-hour day in the end.) And in the meantime, at least I’ve got awesomely fun(ny) people like Kendall helping with all the behind-the-scenes.
Speaking of KEEN, if you haven’t checked it out, you should scroll through our fabulous lineup of speakers, peruse our four tracks—Family & Entertainment, Travel & Lifestyles, Food & Spirits, Technology—and tell me below just why you’d like to join me in Nashville this fall. And if I like your answer enough, I just might choose you to win a pass (and give you a pass for a friend).